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out and about in the monterey bay’s great outdoors

onterey County is the perfect playground for any nature lover, full of natural extremes and rugged beauty for exploration and adventure. Here, hard-core athletes will find challenging terrain and seascapes, while those who prefer a more contemplative pace will find plenty to appreciate and admire. Between mountain and sea, visitors to Monterey County have access to two fantastically rich worlds. The Monterey Bay is the nation’s largest marine sanctuary and home to the so-called Grand Canyon of the sea, a two-mile-deep fissure off the coast of Moss Landing. The same cold water that elicits yelps from swimmers and packs the sales of local wetsuit retailers also makes the bay teem with marine life. Kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and whale watching are excellent ways to interact with this singular marine environment. The variety on terra firma is impressive, too. Infinite gradations lead from seashore to marine chaparral—characterized by low, stiff-branched shrubs and graceful, spreading manzanita—to oak-studded grassland and maple forests. The valleys of Big Sur’s dramatic Santa Lucia Mountains are home to the southernmost population of coast redwoods, towering trees that can reach 360 feet in height and 2,000 years of age. The hiking and mountain-biking possibilities are endless, but be reminded that it can be cool and foggy on the coast and bone-dry and scorching just a few miles inland. Of course, it’s enough to just stroll here, too—or simply stop, sit and soak up the scenery.

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beaches
Bring a sweater! Visitors are often surprised to discover how cool and breezy Monterey Peninsula beaches can be in the summer. But they’re beautiful no matter the weather—not to mention sunny and warm for most of the winter months.

Beach, located a bit farther back in the park, is usually less populated. Highway 1, Carmel.

seasiDe Beach
This breezy beach is remarkable for its long, walkable stretches of sand and beautiful dunes below blue skies that often are populated with colorful kites. Check out the native plants and wildflowers at the dune restoration project. Canyon Del Rey at Highway 1, Seaside.

lovers PoinT Beach
A protected cove makes Lovers Point a great place for a family swim. Picnic on the grassy bluff above the beach to keep the sand out of snacks and drinks. Beach volleyball, snack bar and restrooms available. Ocean View, Pacific Grove.

asiloMar sTaTe Beach
This rustic stretch of soft white sand beaches and rocky promontories offers a variety of activities for the family, from kite flying to tidepooling. Asilomar also has a long boardwalk traversing restored coastal dunes laced with delicate vegetation. A popular place for sunset strolls. Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove.

ZMuDowski sTaTe Beach
Monterey County’s northernmost beach is a popular fishing and surfing spot, with more than 177 acres open for exploring. Jensen and Highway 1, Moss Landing.

Marina sTaTe Beach
This 171-acre beach features a wheelchairaccessible boardwalk through the sand dunes and a hang-glider launch pad. Spectacular views of the Monterey harbor provide a great place to watch Fourth of July fireworks. Marina beach is frequently windy. Reservation Road, Marina.

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anDrew Molera sTaTe Park

carMel Beach
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more picture-perfect beach anywhere on the West Coast. Fine white sands ringed by bluffs set off the aquamarine waters of Carmel Bay, making this famous beach a popular weekend and sunset-hour destination. It’s one of the few beaches where dogs are allowed to run off the leash, and there are even three beach volleyball courts for you setters and spikers. At the end of Ocean Avenue, Carmel.

MonasTery Beach

This 5,000-acre state park stretches along the Pacific for four miles, with access to one There’s excellent scuba diving off the beach of the longest beaches in Big Sur. It offers fishjust north of Point Lobos and across from ing, hiking, equestrian trails and picnic facilithe Carmelite monastery. ties, as well as walk-in campThe steep slope is great for ing in a huge meadow close to skimboarding, but a scary the ocean. 21 miles south of undertow means experiLocaLs’ Picks Carmel on Highway 1, Big Sur, enced water-lovers only. 667-2315. Highway 1, Carmel. Best Beach

carMel river Beach
Where the Carmel River meets the Pacific Ocean lies a grainier, less-populated strip of sand frequented by locals, especially bird watchers. Swimming in the surf is not advisable because of strong currents, but the lagoon formed by the river offers more protected wading and swimming. Parking lot and restrooms available. At the intersection of Scenic and Carmelo, Carmel.

MonTerey sTaTe Beach
Monterey’s long, conveniently located stretch of coastline is accessible at many points along Del Monte Avenue, from Municipal Wharf up the coast to Seaside. An ideal place to jog or stroll. Del Monte Avenue, Monterey.

Carmel Beach
Best Park for a Picnic

GarlanD ranch reGional Park
Miles of nature and equestrian trails wind through this 4,500-acre park, a local favorite that rises from the Carmel River to the headlands of the Santa Lucia range. An hour of energetic uphill hiking affords sweeping panoramic views. About 8.5 miles east of Highway 1 on Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 659-4488.

Garland Park
Best Hiking Trail

Del MonTe Beach
The perfect family spot for a lazy day on the beach. The waters are calm and shallow, thanks to the protection from the breakwater and nearby Fisherman’s Wharf. A boardwalk winds through sand dunes with plenty of picnic tables conveniently located throughout. No bonfires, however, and dogs must be on leashes. Off of Del Monte Boulevard at Casa Verde Way, Monterey.

Soberanes Canyon Trail, Garrapata State Park

Pfeiffer Beach
The only National Forest beach in California is found in Big Sur about 45 minutes south of Carmel. Keep your eyes open for an unmarked dirt turnoff just past the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1. The scenery is spectacular, but the surf can be dangerous. Sycamore Canyon, 32 miles south of Carmel off Highway 1, Big Sur.

GarraPaTa sTaTe Park
Garrapata is a microcosm of everything Big Sur has to offer. Its 3,000 acres encompasses scenic shorelines, deep canyons and steep mountains. The Rocky Ridge trail heads inland and upward for some spectacular views of the Santa Lucia Mountains, while the Soberanes Canyon trail is lined with redwoods and offers a rewarding hike without quite as much physical exertion. 10 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, 649-2866.

GiBson Beach anD china cove
Located within Point Lobos State Reserve, these beaches are perfect for viewing otters and sea lions in their wild habitat. Both lie at the bottom of a steep set of wooden stairs but are well worth the trek down and back. China Cove has emerald-green water and hollowedout rocky tunnels to swim through. Gibson

sanD Dollar Beach
Home to Jade Cove, this is one of the few accessible beaches in the southern part of Big Sur. It’s a good place to park your RV and find the pretty sand dollars for which the beach is aptly named. Highway 1, two miles south of Pacific Valley, Big Sur.
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Jacks Peak counTy Park
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well as unsurpassed views of the Monterey Bay and Carmel. This is a great family park with easy day hikes, picnic grounds and a selfguided nature trail. Off Highway 68 on Olmsted Road, Monterey, 647-7799.

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LAKE SAN ANTONIO AND LAKE NACIMIENTO
Both the man-made lakes that border Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties are popular summertime destinations for water skiing, fishing, camping and picnicking. Concessions include a marina, general store, laundromat, cabin rentals and service station. Lake San Antonio enjoys the distinction of being one of the largest winter habitats (Nov.-April) of bald eagles in Central California. Lake San Antonio: off Highway 101 near Bradley; Lake Nacimiento: near Paso Robles. Call 805-472-2311 and 805-238-3256.

PFEIFFER BIG SUR STATE PARK
Established in 1933, this popular state park offers hikes through dense redwood canyons leading up to scenic peaks. Located within its 850 acres are the Big Sur Lodge and cabins, a store, a restaurant, plenty of camping, and numerous sites for picnicking, swimming, and fishing. 31 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, 667-2315.

JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS STATE PARK
The southernmost state park in Big Sur encompasses close to 4,000 acres stretching from the Pacific coastline to the 3,000-foot peaks of the Santa Lucia Range. Hikers can revel in beautiful redwood groves, river walks and views of the picturesque McWay waterfall as it empties into the Pacific Ocean. Primitive campsites available. 37 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, 667-2315.

PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT
The jagged remains of a long-extinct volcano jut out of the Salinas Valley to form this hiker’s paradise, with 32 miles of trails, two caves and spectacular terrain that doubles as a launch site for California condors being reintroduced to the wild. A must-see for outdoor enthusiasts. Tent and RV camping available. From Salinas, Highway 101 south 25 miles to Soledad, Highway 146 east 13 miles to park, 389-4485.

LAGUNA SECA RECREATION AREA
This is a good choice for family and RV camping (with both short- and long-term spaces) close to the main attractions on the Monterey Peninsula. Recreational facilities include a playground, boating, fishing and a shooting range. World-class auto and motorcycle racing are also

LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST
Almost half of the 2-million-acre forest that overlays the Coast Range from Big Sur to Los Angeles County is wilderness. Translation: superb hiking and backpacking. There are 11 non-wilderness campsites in the Monterey area. The ranger station is 32 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, 385-5434.

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POINT LOBOS STATE RESERVE
“The greatest meeting of land and water in the world,” as landscape artist Francis McComas called Point Lobos, offers 14 interconnecting trails that wind through lovely Monterey pine forests, cypress groves and spectacular, rugged coastal scenery. Whalers’ Cove and other locations provide plenty of opportunities to view 250 bird and animal species, including sea otters, sea lions and, from December to April, migrating gray whales. Day use only. 2 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, 624-4909.

FORT ORD PUBLIC LANDS
This biking, hiking and horseback-riding paradise encompasses acres of gorgeous wetlands and woodlands. Pick up a map at local libraries or call the BLM Ranger office (394-8314) to arrange a tour. Popular trails may be accessed at Gigling, Old Reservation, and Toro Creek roads.

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MONTEREY PENINSULA RECREATION TRAIL
Described by some as a “linear park,” the paved Rec Trail is an ideal way to take in beautiful coastal views at your own pace. The former Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way meanders along the waterfront for 18 miles starting at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove and ending—for now—in Castroville. The trail is popular with pedestrians and rollerbladers, so watch your speed and stay in your lane. Pacific Grove to Castroville.

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
This 50-acre city of Monterey park offers overnight RV and group camping facilities, trails, picnic areas, and play fields. Check in at the kiosk for availability, as camping is provided on a first-come, first-served basis only. At the end of Skyline, Monterey, 646-3865.

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TORO COUNTY PARK
More than 20 miles of wellmaintained trails wind through the county’s second-largest mountain-biking area, which is also a popular hiking destination. Off-road fanatics rave about the fast downhills and the plentitude of single-track trails. The summit area provides sweeping vistas of the Monterey Peninsula and the Salinas Valley. Highway 68, Salinas, 484-1108.

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diving
The cold, nutrient-rich waters of Monterey Bay make for some of the best diving in the world. On a good day the water is clear and the undulating kelp forest teems with sea life. Otters and seals are occasional company in the enchanting world below the surface.

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BLUefIsh CoVe anD WhaLer’s CoVe
Two miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, these gorgeous spots within Point Lobos State Reserve offer easy beach access and a rich abundance of life inside a 750-acre protected underwater park. Reservations are required on weekends. Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, 624-4909 or (800) 444-7275.

Beach Rides in Big Sur
Rides available April through December Open every day, weather permitting All rides subject to availability No experience necessary! Walk-ins welcome

CarMeL rIVer sTaTe BeaCh
Divers who venture out past the kelp will discover pinnacles with steep walls that are home to plenty of critters and creatures, small fish and nudibranchs. Typically not very crowded. 26599 Scenic Rd., Carmel. 649-2836.

Molera Horseback Tours
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LoVers PoInT
Divers can find easy beach access, plentiful parking, and in case of emergency, the Monterey region’s only hyperbaric chamber in nearby Pacific Grove. 17th Street, Pacific Grove.

MonasTery BeaCh
This is one of the region’s most popular diving spots, with north and south entrances, and is a good place to meet new diving buddies. Deep water with dramatic drop-offs and severe undertow make this area strictly for more experienced divers. Opposite the Carmelite Monastery, Highway 1, south of Carmel.
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Otter COve
Less popular, but no less attractive. Here divers can find sea otters (of course), seals, rays, and an abundance of other sea life out past the kelp forest. The sandy bottom features boulders near shore and large pinnacles about 150 feet out. Ocean View Boulevard and Seapalm Avenue, Pacific Grove.

kayakers with bird and animal sightings in a lush wetland.

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Adventures by the Sea, main location: 299 Cannery Row, Monterey, www.adventuresbythesea.com, 372-1807 Monterey Bay Kayaks, 693 Del Monte Blvd., Monterey, 373-5357; 2390 Highway 1, Moss Landing, www.montereybaykayaks.com, 1-800-649-5357 Elkhorn Slough Kayak Connection, 2370 Highway 1, Moss Landing, www.kayakconnection.com, 724-5692 A B Seas Kayaks, 32 Cannery Row, at Coast Guard Pier on Cannery Row, Monterey, www.montereykayak.com, 647-0147

San CarlOS BeaCh
One of the best spots for new divers is the breakwater at San Carlos Beach. There is now an upgraded entrance for divers off San Carlos Beach Park, including bathrooms and showers at the Coast Guard Pier. You’ll see forests of kelp, octopi, anemones, starfish and the occasional otter or sea lion. Coast Guard Pier, Wave and Drake streets, Monterey.

PeBBle BeaCh equeStrian Center
A guided, 80-minute trail ride leads through the stunning Del Monte Forest, past Cypress Point and onto the beach near Seal Rock, where pinnipeds and otters cavort. Don’t forget the camera. Group tours, riding lessons and pony rides also available for small children. 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, 624-2756.

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Aquarius Dive Shop, 2040 Del Monte Blvd., Monterey, 375-1933 Aquarius II Dive Shop, 32 Cannery Row, Monterey, 375-6605. Bamboo Reef, 614 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 372-1685. Cypress Charters, (800) 408-DIVE; Manta Ray Diving, 245 Foam St., Monterey, 375-6268 Monterey Bay Dive Center, 225 Cannery Row, Monterey, 656-0454

StOnePine reSOrt and equeStrian Center
It feels like a world away at this lavish Carmel Valley resort built in the late 1930s by the Crocker banking family. Stonepine provides training in all equestrian disciplines and trail rides on 330 acres. 150 E. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 659-2245.

rock climbing
garraPata State Park
On the south end of Garrapata, a series of 15- to 20-foot cliffs rising from the sandy beach offer a great chance for beginners and more advanced climbers to hone their climbing skills. Highway 1, six miles south of Carmel.

hot springs
eSalen inStitute
After a million-dollar renovation, the unique cliffside baths are open. Call for reservations. Highway 1, Big Sur, 667-3005.

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PinnaCleS natiOnal mOnument
Primeval spires and volcanic crags offer a range of challenges to serious rock climbers in an otherworldly, thoroughly fascinating locale. Pinnacles also offers great hiking and cave exploring. Highway 146 (west entrance), east of Soledad, 389-4485. East to Hollister, south on 25, east on 146 to east entrance.

horseback riding
hOlman ranCh
Wind through 400 acres of sunny trails in picturesque Carmel Valley at this local institution, which is also home to a small vineyard. 60 Holman Rd., Carmel Valley, 659-6054.

SykeS hOt SPringS
Sykes consists of three hot pools on the south bank of the Big Sur River, 10 miles up the Pine Ridge Trail. Backpacking campsite permits available near the trailhead at Big Sur Station Park, Highway 1, Big Sur, 667-2315.

SanCtuary rOCk gym
If the weather’s bad, try indoor climbing at Sanctuary Rock Gym, where more than 5,000 square feet of indoor sculpted climbing terrain and a 30-foot faux-rock peak await. Retail shop, rock climbing classes and trips available. 1855A East Ave., Sand City, 899-2595. www. rockgym.com.

mOlera Big Sur trail rideS
Choose from five horseback tours leading through almost every terrain found in Central California, from giant redwoods to the pounding Big Sur coast. Ride times start in the morning or at sunset. Riders must be at least 6 years old. Call for details on private rides. Andrew Molera State Park, Highway 1, Big Sur, 625-5486.

taSSajara hOt SPringS
The winding dirt road out to Tassajara might discourage all but the most adventurous, but this historic hot springs set in the Los Padres National Forest is well worth the trip. Operated by the Zen Center of San Francisco, the retreat is about 15 miles off Carmel Valley Road. 39171 Tassajara Rd., Carmel Valley. Make reservations in advance, (415) 865-1899.

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Big 5 Sporting Goods, 1000 Northridge Shopping Center, Salinas, 449-6767; 2259 N. Fremont Blvd., Monterey, 375-8800. Outdoor World, 2222 N. Fremont Blvd., Monterey, 373-3615. REI, 145 General Stilwell Dr., Marina, 883-8048.

mOnterey Bay equeStrian Center
Explore the Salinas River State Beach on horseback. Just south of Moss Landing, these folks also offer lessons, day camps, ponies and petting zoos. 19805 Pesante Rd., Salinas, 663-5712.

kayaking
Kayaking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary allows visitors and locals to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most pristine aquatic environments. Elkhorn Slough also rewards
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sailing • fishing • whale watching
The fishing in this area is world-renowned, and passengers aboard whale-watching vessels are treated year-round to glimpses of gray, blue and humpback whales, and huge pods of dolphins. Most depart from Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Central Coast Fly Fishing, 7172 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 626-6586. Elkhorn Slough Safari, 8022 B, Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, (reservations required) 633-5555. Monterey Bay Whale Watch, 84 Fisherman’s Wharf No. 1, Monterey, 375-4658. Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, Municipal Wharf 2, Monterey, 372-9686. Monterey Sailing, Fisherman’s Wharf 1, Monterey, 372-SAIL. Monterey Sport Fishing and Whale Watching, 96 Fisherman’s Wharf No. 1, Monterey, 372-2203, 800-200-2203. Randy’s Fishing Trips, 66 Fisherman’s Wharf No. 1, 372-7440. Sam’s Fishing Fleet Inc., Fisherman’s Wharf No. 1, Monterey, 372-0577. Sanctuary Whale Watching Cruises, A Dock, Moss Landing, 917-1042. Sea Life Tours, Fisherman’s Wharf No. 1, 372-7151. Tom’s Sportfishing, Moss Landing Harbor, 633-2564.

MarIna sKaTe ParK
This $500,000 facility, one of California’s premier skate parks, is open from 9am to a half-hour after sunset. Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads are required. 304 Hillcrest Ave., Marina (just outside the Marina Teen Center), 884-1253.

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Bill’s Wheels, 1940 N. Main St., Salinas, 443-0415. Liquid Surf Shop, 156 Fountain, Pacific Grove, 647-9283. On The Beach Surf Shop, 693 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 646-WAVE. Sunshine Freestyle Sports, Inc., 443 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 375-5015. Satchmos, 700 Cannery Row, Monterey, 643-2342.

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surfing
Unlike most of California, Monterey County has plenty of relatively unpopulated waves. For beginners, Asilomar Beach and Del Monte Beach are long, sandy beaches that allow newbies to steer clear of seasoned vets. Moss Landing also has a number of popular spots, especially Zmudowski State Beach. For the experts, some of the best breaks are scattered along the Big Sur coast. Pfeiffer Beach and Sand Dollar Beach are great places to start, but a little exploration can uncover a few as-yet-unknown surf spots.

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skateboarding
DeL MonTe sKaTInG arena
A remodeled traditional roller rink popular for both skates and rollerblades, with lessons and equipment sales, too. 2020 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside, 375-3202.

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Adventures By the Sea, lessons and rentals. 299 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-1807. Carmel Surf School, lessons. Call instructor Noah Greenberg at 915-4065. Liquid Surf Shop, 156 Fountain, Pacific Grove, 647-9283. On The Beach Surf Shop, Rentals available. Voted best surf shop in the Monterey County Weekly’s 2006 readers’ poll. 693 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 646-9283 . Sunshine Freestyle Sports, Inc., rentals available. 443 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, 375-5015.
www . bestofmontereybay. com

eL esTero sKaTe ParK
Open from 10am until dusk daily. Helmets, knee, and elbow pads are required wear at all times while in the area. Rollerskates and skateboards are allowed, but no bicycles. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Camino El Estero between Del Monte and Fremont boulevards, Monterey, 646-3866.

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831-394-8900 www.VivazBeauty.com
At the Seaside City Center (Next to Washington Mutual)

800 Broadway Ave. Suite A-1 Seaside, CA.

The BesT of MonTerey Bay 2008 • 2009

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MONTEREY’S NEWEST OCEANFRONT HOTEL NOW OPEN
Located next door to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium
Experience the rich heritage of historic Cannery Row from our unique vantage point overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and o ering magnificent panoramic coastal views. • 208 luxury guest rooms and suites, many with ocean views and fireplaces • The C restaurant + bar where every table o ers an ocean view • Energia Spa, Fitness Center, Pool, Whirlpool & VIP Kid’s Club • Adjacent to over 85 shops, restaurants, theatre and wine tasting rooms • Over 15,000 sq. ft. of indoor & outdoor meeting & banquet space featuring spectacular views

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750 Cannery Row Monterey, California 93940 | 831.375.4500 | intercontinental.com/montereyic

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